Friday, January 30, 2015

First Trailer for Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace


Child 44 directed by Daniel Espinoza: A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

Last week I shared the first poster for Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace, along with a couple of images. Remember Tom Hardy's nasty looking scar? The first trailers for the movie based on the Tom Rob Smith thriller were just released; one US trailer and one for the international market — let's take a look.
  Don't forget to adjust the youtube settings so you're seeing the trailer in the best quality.


What'd you think? Gary Oldman is always impressive but Tom Hardy really surprised me, not just with his power, but with his excellent Russian accent. And that's coming from someone who brought down the house when I had to do a Russian accent for my acting class back in the 80's. Oh yeah, I know my Soviet sounds, my friends. I can't remember what the scene was from — some Russian female athlete in a locker room — but I loved doing it because I had such a blast learning how to talk like a Ruski! Here in Hollywood when actors need to nail an accent whether it's Russian or cockney, they head to Samuel French and pick up an Acting with an Accent dialect CD which goes over all the various sounds and patterns. Back in my day it was tapes, but these days you don't even have to leave the house to nail an accent or dialect, YouTube has a lesson for everything, Russian accents, included. Of course for an actor working on a film, like Tom Hardy here in Child 44, the production would likely pick up the tab for a dialect coach.  But I digress ... 

Presuming the score to the trailer is from the film, I thought it was pretty impressive sounding work, both thrilling and suspenseful, by Jon Ekstrand, a Swedish composer who seems to have worked primarily in Swedish television. 



The cinematography by Oliver Wood (the Bourne movies) felt both lush and cinematic in the old fashioned sense of the word; wide shots and sweeping vistas, giving us plenty of context, combined with closeups when a character's dramatic response called for it. The images at times seemed imbued with a hint of a sepia tint, at others like a rich, color enhanced postcard. 



While Child 44 is set in the Soviet Union in the 1950's the movie was shot in beautiful Prague and Ostrava, in the Czech Republic.
Child 44 is due out in April in both the states and the UK on the 17th.

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